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Published on May 21, 2024
Walnut Creek BART Station Closes Amid Morning Medical Emergency, Prompting Antioch Line DelaysSource: Pi.1415926535, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Commuters faced unexpected delays Tuesday morning as the Walnut Creek BART station shut down due to a "major medical emergency" reported BART officials. The incident, involving a person on the tracks, has halted train service between Lafayette and Pleasant Hill, causing disruptions along the Antioch Line.

According to the BART X account, the Walnut Creek station remains closed, and authorities have advised travelers to seek alternative transportation between Pleasant Hill, Walnut Creek, and Lafayette. Shuttle train service has been arranged between Pittsburg/Bay Point and Pleasant Hill, offering temporary relief for stranded passengers, though with its delays.

BART spokesman Jim Allison told NBC Bay Area that "possible collision was reported at 10:48 a.m. after the person entered the tracks apparently of their own volition." This has prompted a full investigation and the cessation of the service to ensure the safety of passengers and staff alike.

Further adding to traveler woes, as of 11:15 a.m., bus shuttles had yet to be set up for commuters along the affected Antioch line. BART has since coordinated with @cccta to provide alternate bus services. The Yellow Line trains are now returning to San Francisco International Airport at Lafayette Station, struggling to cope with the loss of a fully operational transit hub.

As the investigations continue, BART officials urge riders to check their website and social media channels for the latest developments on when normal service will resume following the incident at Walnut Creek Station.